Professor Carmin studies the institutional and societal dimensions of environmental governance in developed and developing countries. Her current research focuses on urban climate adaptation with particular attention to why cities are pursuing climate adaptation planning, how adaptation activities are mainstreamed, and the ways in which local governments address the needs of the most vulnerable populations in their decisions and implementation activities. She has published four books as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters on research she has conducted in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the United States. Professor Carmin serves on multiple editorial boards and a variety of national and international climate adaptation steering committees and advisory boards. She is a Lead Author for the urban chapter of the US National Climate Assessment and the Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Recent Books, Journal Articles, and Book Chapters
JoAnn Carmin and David Dodman. Forthcoming. “Scientific Certainty and Uncertainty in Urban Climate Adaptation Planning.” In S. Moser and M. Boycott (eds.), Successful Adaptation: Linking Science and Practice in Managing Climate Change Impacts. London: Routledge.
JoAnn Carmin, Isabelle Anguelovski, and Debra Roberts. 2012. “Urban Climate Adaptation in the Global South: Planning in an Emerging Policy Domain.” Journal of Planning Education and Research 32(1): 18-32.
JoAnn Carmin, Debra Roberts, and Isabelle Anguelovski. 2012. “Preparing Cities for Climate Change: Early Lessons from Early Adaptors.” Pp. 470-501 in D. Hoornweg, M. Freire, M. J. Lee, P. Bhada-Tata, and B. Yuen (eds.), Cities and Climate Change: Responding to an Urgent Agenda, Volume 2. Washington, DC: World Bank.
JoAnn Carmin. 2012. “Global Climate Change: Urban Impacts and Responses.” Pp. 227-228 in G. Ritzer (ed.), Encyclopedia of Globalization. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Isabelle Anguelovski and JoAnn Carmin. 2011. “Something Borrowed, Everything New: Innovation and Institutionalization in Urban Climate Governance.” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 3(3): 169-175.
Thomas Rudel, Timmons Roberts, and JoAnn Carmin. 2011. “Political Economy of the Environment.” Annual Review of Sociology 37: 221-238.
JoAnn Carmin and Julian Agyeman (editors). 2011. Environmental Inequalities Beyond Borders: Local Perspectives on Global Injustices. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Recent Professional Reports and Papers
JoAnn Carmin, David Dodman, and Eric Chu. Forthcoming. Learning from Urban Leaders: Lessons from the Bellagio Meeting on Adaptation to Climate Change. Forthcoming. Paris: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
JoAnn Carmin, Nikhil, Nadkarni, and Christopher Rhie. 2012. Progress and Challenges in Urban Climate Adaptation Planning: Results of a Global Survey. Cambridge, MA: MIT.
David Dodman and JoAnn Carmin. 2011. “The Use and Limits of Climate Science in Urban Adaptation Planning.” London: IIED Briefing.
Patricia McCarney, Hilda Blanco, JoAnn Carmin, and Michelle Colley. 2011. “Cities and Climate Change: The Challenges for Governance.” Pp. 253-273 in C. Rosenzweig, W. D. Solecki, S. A. Hammer, and S. Mehotra (eds.), Climate Change and Cities: First Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
JoAnn Carmin, David Dodman, and Eric Chu. 2011. “Engaging Stakeholders in Urban Climate Adaptation: Early Lessons from Early Adapters.” UGEC Viewpoints 6: 8-10.